11 The holy name counteracts the effects of the kali yuga
Jan06

11 The holy name counteracts the effects of the kali yuga

The chanting of the maha−mantra is especially meant for counteracting the contaminations of Kali: In the Kali−santarana Upanisad it is stated: hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare iti sodasakam namnam kali−kalmasa−nasanam natah parataropayah sarva−vedesu drsyate “The sixteen words−Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare−are...

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02 The role of the Holy Name in the progression of devotional service
Jan05

02 The role of the Holy Name in the progression of devotional service

Regulative and spontaneous hearing and chanting in the development of pure devotional service: [Lord Caitanya to Sanatana Gosvami]: “If, by good fortune, a living entity develops faith in Krsna, he begins to associate with devotees. When one is encouraged in devotional service by the association of devotees, one becomes free from all unwanted contamination by following the regulative principles and chanting and hearing. When one...

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26 The holy name protects the devotee from falldown
Jan05

26 The holy name protects the devotee from falldown

If one keeps himself pure and steady by constantly chanting the holy name, one will be saved from falldown: Ajamila’s exalted position as a brahmana was vanquished by his association with the prostitute, so much so that he forgot all his brahminical activities. Nevertheless, at the end of his life, by chanting the four syllables of the name Narayana, he was saved from the gravest danger of falling down. Svalpam apy asya...

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Feeling shy to chant in public?
Jan05

Feeling shy to chant in public?

In India today japa is somewhat of a lost practice. Among a great variety of religious activities people perform, japa is almost always absent. Religious speakers promote many ways to express our devotion to God, but rarely does one hear the glories of the personal chanting of the holy names. Japa chanters are mostly devoted widows or renounced sadhus living in places of pilgrimage. “Chanting on japa beads can be embarrassing for some...

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22 Chanting of the holy name in the state of ecstasy
Jan04

22 Chanting of the holy name in the state of ecstasy

In the stage of bhava, the devotee is strongly attached to the process of chanting: [Lord Caitanya to Sanatana Gosvami]: “Due to having a great relish for the holy name, one is inclined to chant the Hare Krsna maha−mantra constantly. ‘O Govinda, this youthful girl named Radhika is today constantly pouring forth tears like nectar falling from flowers. She is also singing Your holy name in a sweet voice.’ At this stage...

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